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Roaming in Mexico: is it free or are there roaming charges in this country?

Roaming in Mexico: is it free or are there roaming charges in this country?

Fernando Carrillo

Fernando Carrillo Entry updated on Wednesday, May 25, 2022

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Roaming in Mexico allows you to make phone calls or use your mobile data while you are in the country. However, in most phone companies you will be charged on average £2 per call, £5 per MB or 50p per text message where or need to buy special add-ons or roaming bundles. To avoid this extra charges, an Holafly eSIM card is the best option for your Mexico trip.

Roaming in Mexico: what is it for?

Roaming in Mexico allows you to use your data and mobile connection in this country, so you can keep making phone calls, sending texts or using your mobile data right from your phone without the need to switch your UK SIM card for a Mexican one, thanks to your carrier's roaming partners in this Central American country.

What is more, you will not even have to change your phone's settings to roam in Mexico, your phone will automatically connect to the Mexican mobile network, just make sure that data roaming is turned on on your smartphone and mobile roaming is available in your mobile network, you might need to contact your provider.

So why is it helpful to roam in Mexico? Because it allows you to stay connected during your trips, so in case anything happens, you have an emergency or you need to call your hotel, you can make a quick phone call or send a text message.

Is data roaming free in Mexico?: what phone companies allow it

Data roaming is not free in Mexico, as no phone companies from the UK allow its customers to roam free of charge in this country. This means that you would need to pay extra for your data and voice usage in Mexico.

However, some companies offer special add-ons or roaming bundles that let you roam at a lower price, here are some examples:

Roaming add-ons for Mexico
EE Roam Abroad Pass
  • For Pay Monthly Plans or Selected SIM only plans
  • Access your plan allowance
  • Cancel anytime
£10 per month
O2 Travel Inclusive Zone Bolt On
  • Unlimited, text, data and minutes
  • No cap on data
£6 per day
Three Go Roam
  • Access your UK allowance
  • Turns on automatically whenever you roam
£5 per day

On the other hand, you can get this roaming bundles or add-ons for free with some mobile deals, usually the most expensive ones. So, for instance, if you have an unlimited data Xtra Plan from Vodafone or selected O2 refresh deals. In these particular cases, you can roam for free in Mexico.

How much are roaming charges in Mexico

Roaming charges in Mexico vary between carriers, keep in mind that each company offers a different rate for their services abroad, so in order to know how much you will be charged for your roaming in Mexico, the best option is to contact your mobile network provider.

Here are some examples of how much text, data and calls cost in Mexico on some UK providers, but take into account that the charges can differ depending on your mobile deal (pay monthly plans, pay as you go…):

Roaming charges in Mexico
Provider Making a call Receiving a call Sending a text message Data usage
Virgin Media £2.60 per minute £1.50 per minute £0.50 per message £5 per MB
Three £2 per minute £2 per minute £0.35 per message £6 per MB
EE £2.05 per minute £2.05 per minute £0.67 per message £6.85 for 500MB a day

When roaming in Mexico it could be hard to keep track of your expenses, that is why some carriers offer a data cap for their roaming plans. This way, your company will text you when you've reach a certain level of data usage.

If you are planning to visit any other country, remember that companies charge different roaming fees depending on the country you visit:

What to do to avoid roaming fees in Mexico?

In order to avoid roaming fees in Mexico, buying a local SIM is one of the best options. However, sometimes finding the right SIM for you or the best data plan in Mexico can be quite difficult. First of all, you need to waste time from your precious holiday searching for the right shop and, secondly, you need to overcome an important language barrier.

That is why an Holafly eSIM card seems like the perfect solution. You can buy your Mexican eSIM right from the comfort of your own home or right before your departure, as it will be immediately delivered to your email inbox, moreover you will have a price fixed data plan, so you will avoid surprises on your phone bill. Also it is way cheaper than paying roaming fees with your UK contract:

Holafly data plans for Mexico
5GB for 30 days
  • 5GB of high-speed internet
  • 500MB of internet a day
  • AT&T Network
  • 24/7 customer support

Experience worry-free holidays in Mexico with Holafly

Frequently asked questions about roaming in Mexico

Will I get charged for roaming in Mexico from the UK?

It depends, if you do not make phone calls, send text messages or use your mobile data you will not be charged for roaming in Mexico. This means that you can connect your phone to the Mexican network for free as long as you do not use your mobile data, send texts or make or receive phone calls during your stay.

Do I need roaming in Mexico?

You do need roaming in Mexico if you intend to use your phone at some point. However, if you do not want to connect your phone to the Mexican mobile network, you do not need it, but keep in mind that you will not be able to make or receive any phone calls or use data or text messages at all.

Fernando Carrillo Fernando Carrillo Fernando estudió Administración, Publicidad y Relaciones Públicas. Con más de dos años de experiencia en Roams, Fernando es experto en el asesoramiento sobre telefonía, tarifas de móvil e internet. Además, también es especialista en canales de televisión y las distintas ofertas que tienen los operadores con tv.